Enhance Color Relationships with a Midtone Watercolor Painting

Judi Betts was paying attention when she watched Millard Sheets demonstrate one of his watercolor techniques on how to section off the surface and invent color chords—color relationships—to make an underpainting that provided texture, shape and value. This visual collage, topped with complementary midtones, added mystery and established rhythm, making the painting itself richer.

Enjoy this gallery of her midtone watercolor paintings below, read more about the process and find some watercolor painting ideas of your own in the August 2014 issue of Watercolor Artist, available now at northlightshop.com and on newsstands June 17.

 

Day Care (watercolor on paper) by Judi Betts | watercolor techniques

Day Care (watercolor on paper) by Judi Betts

 

Little Billy (watercolor on paper) by Judi Betts | watercolor techniques

Little Billy (watercolor on paper) by Judi Betts

 

Rudolph (watercolor on paper) by Judi Betts | watercolor techniques

Rudolph (watercolor on paper) by Judi Betts

 

Traffic Jam (watercolor on paper) by Judi Betts | watercolor techniques

Traffic Jam (watercolor on paper) by Judi Betts

 

Learn more about color relationships in the August 2014 issue of Watercolor Artist.

 

 


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